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Wedding 2011 madison plus | style guide


Your wedding... Love. Laughter. Excitement. Celebration. Bliss. This is what your Wedding Day is all about, this is what you are planning, and picking through, and striving to achieve in perfection to your personal vision. Madison Plus understands. We’ve been there. And now we’ve brought together all of our experience, learning, and research to present you with some tried and true shortcuts to save you time, money, and stress. Please explore the following guide, we hope it inspires and eases your mind as you lead up to your ideal day.


Royal The ultimate romance. The fairytale ending. This is the day you’ve been dreaming of since you lined up your stuffed animals and strode the hallway under a table-cloth veil. And while he may not have ridden in on a white stallion, he vanquished every obstacle and won your heart all the same, sweeping you off your feet. He is your Prince, and you his Princess. This is the stuff family lore is made of, and your day of days will live on in the stories and photographs for many years to come. So it has to be perfect, and there is nothing more perfect, more classic, more glamorous, than a Royal Wedding.

Royal Experience For the ultimate in Royal, Westminster Abby is a must. Closer to home, a horse and carriage will carry you into the horizon as you wave to friends and family. Royal Reception A timeless and utterly refined experience: beyond your wildest dreams in luxury and class. The guests dressed to the hilt as butlers float across the floor tending to everyone’s wishes and whims. This is truly your moment, forever fantasized, to be absolutely over-the-top. Royal Get-A-Way Private Jet? Of course. Private Island? Obviously. Total privacy, exclusive and luxurious, you and your prince basking in the sweet life you’ve always deserved? Nothing else will do. Shop The Royal Look David’s Bridal - Satin Ball Gown David’s Bridal - Satin Corset Gown BHLDN - Moonlit Peep Toe Pumps Mars & Valentine Collar Necklace Nordstrom Nadri Micro Pavé Bracelet Nordstrom Chandelier Earrings


Bridesmaids Like Kate, choose your best friend or sister as the MOH, or you can go for the full entourage of ladies-in-waiting.

Royal This is a Dream of a Day, watching your little girl all grown up into the Princess you always knew her to be walking down the aisle into the arms of her true love. You and your closest friends living a fantasy of Dress Up, everything in place, every fabulous detail shimmering. An unforgettable experience that will be recounted for the rest of your lives.

Mother of the Bride You spared no expense, every moment of this day has got to be perfect, not just for your little girl but for you as well. Because this has been a shared dream since you held her tiny body in your arms. Today is your day to pass along your wisdom, your sense of tradition, and all of your hope for her future. Extra’s & Details The Bride doesn’t have to be the only one with a costume change, switch up the dress for the reception, and start over anew from Day to Evening. Shop The Royal Look David Meister Salon Z Mermaid Gown Tadashi Shoji Strapless Feather Gown David’s Bridal Taffeta Dress Badgley Mischka Randall Pump Nordstrom Necklace Sculpted Feather Facinator Tasha Pavé Leaf Earrings Salvatore Ferragramo Clutch


House of Brides Plus Size Wedding Dress Julietta by Mori Lee Style No. 3091 David’s Bridal Strapless Lace and Tulle Slim Gown

David’s Bridal Beaded Tiered Tulle Gown with Sweetheart Neckline David’s Bridal A-line with Beaded Embroidered Metallic Bodice

Royal

House of Brides Plus Size Wedding Dress Julietta by Mori Lee Style No. 3095 David’s Bridal Bridal Cap Sleeved Satin Side-Draped A-Line Gown

David’s Bridal Soft Chiffon Gown with Pleated Bodice David’s Bridal Strapless Satin A-line with Beaded Lace Jacket


Indie

You have always been an original, blazing your own trail and breaking every mold. You’ve spent your life living outside the box, why would you step into it on one of the most important days of your life? Especially when you’ve found that person who loves you, not just as you are, but because you are exactly you, and not even a little bit like anyone else in the world. Neither are they. Every quirky characteristic, every eccentric trait, every you-ness that is particular is cherished and celebrated between you both. Show all of that devotion in making your wedding as innovative, imaginative, and unique as your love. Indie in every way, no one has ever been to a wedding like this.

Indie Experience Let your imagination run wild with all your favorite things! This is the perfect place and time for a photo booth to capture all your friends and family’s quirky love. Have them do it twice, one to attach in an album for you, the other to bring home as a keepsake. Indie Reception You explore the off the beaten path, so introduce everyone to a quaint organic farmstead, or a chic European cafe. Indie Get-A-Way You’ve never been to an “It” destination, a resort on the beach is just so not either one of you. So go the distance to somewhere totally unique: Uruguay, Croatia, or Morocco. Shop The Indie Look Davids Bridal Strapless Sheath Dress Davids Bridal Lace Satin Gown ASOS Posh Bow Heels ASOS Suede Wristband ASOS Circle Bracelet Alexis Bittar Pavé & Crystal Earrings


Bridesmaids Try to make a quick little note of every funny story and unique memory in the months leading up and Voila! there’s your speech.

Indie

Today is a one-of-a-kind Grand Hurrah to Love! Outside of tradition, expectation, and the banal. So be yourself and have an amazing time celebrating and supporting your friend or daughter, be you the Mother or Maid of the Lucky Lady. (Bonus: You will probably get to wear that dress again and again as you had free rein in picking it out!)

Mother of the Bride Make sure to grab your girl during her big day and have a moment for just the two of you, this will be one of the most important memories of the day, for both of you. Extra’s & Details Offer above and beyond support by keeping tabs on things the bride won’t have to: stash a travel-sized sewing kit, tissues, comfy flats, extra hosiery. You are the ‘just-in-case’ friend, totally invaluable. Shop The Indie Look Tadashi Shoji Studded DressDress ASOS CURVE Midi Dress Nordstrom Suzi Chin Maggy Dress KORS Michael Kors Sandal Kenneth Jay Lane Necklace BHLDN Facinator BHLDN Granny Knot Bracelet BHLDN Gardenia Moto Gloves Nordstrom Leaf Headband ASOS Crosee Stud Earrings ASOS Caged Pearl Drop Earrings


Bloomingdales Jones New York Collection Plus Size Simple Cardigan and Metallic Lace Sheath Dress

ASOS Curve Exclusive Spot Dress

Igigi Angeline Lace Wedding Dress

Macys Jump Plus Size Dress, Sleeveless Ruffled Pleated Faux Wrap

David’s Bridal Strapless Lace Tea-Length Cap Sleeve Gown

David’s Bridal One Shoulder Jersey Dress with Rosettes

Indie

Macys Suzi Chin Plus Size Dress, Strapless Chiffon Cocktail Dress David’s Bridal 100% Silk Chiffon Dress with Embellished Waist


Destination Experience The group vacation spirit means you get to soak up all the love of your friends and family in the days before….and all the love of your brand new Hubby in the private time after.

Destination The two of you just want to get away from it all and bask in your love somewhere gorgeous, with a few dozen of your closest friends and family of course. Let someone else stress out about the details, this is your day to be jubilantly in love. Everything is taken care of, every decision made, and everyone has come to commemorate you finding each other and setting out into the perfect horizon together, it’s golden disc just rising into the sky. You’ve arrived, at the same time it’s just the beginning. You deserve to sit back a little bit, snag some relaxation, and let this moment spill over into more than one day. The ultimate union between vacation and celebration, this is a Destination Wedding.

Destination Reception Indulge in the local traditions, flowers, and recipes: these will make your reception feel unique and integrated with the beautiful setting at the same time. Destination Get-A-Way Even in the days after the nuptials, if friends and family are staying on, make special effort to carve away proper ‘Honeymoon’ time for just the two of you…take a day trip, or travel to a second destination or hotel. Shop The Destination Look Davids Bridal Satin Dress Davids Bridal Taffeta Lace Gown BHLDN Mixed Posey Wedge Ippolita Teardrop Necklace Majorica Earrings Nordstrom Cashmere Wrap


Bridesmaids Bring the beauty and color of the location and make it your own. Add your own creative flair to your look with colorful accessories and flowers!

Destination

Not only are you in this amazing location to celebrate your friend or daughter committing to her true love, but you’re on vacation as well! Along for the ride of her life, and some fun in the sun for yourself! It really can’t get better than this: exulting love, getting a tan, watching your beautiful daughter or friend bask in bliss, and of course doing some basking of your own. Have an incredible time!

Mother of the Bride Get to the local markets with your girl and find some piece of jewelry or item that reflects the culture you are in and will add a special memory to keep of the days of the wedding. Details & Extra’s Just have fun and enjoy! This only happens once! Shop The Destination Look Rachel Pally White Label “Barbora” Dress Rachel Pally White Label “Midsummer” ASOS CURVE Watercolour Tiered Dress David Meister Metallic Dress Valentino ‘Petale’ Thong Sandal Dabby Reid Ltd. Shell Bead Bracelet Bloomingdales Mabe Pearl Ring BHLDN Galore Earrings BHLDN Dahlia Pin


David’s Bridal Two-In-One Layered Organza Fit-and-Flare Gown

David’s Bridal Two-In-One Layered Organza Fit-and-Flare Gown

David’s Bridal Strapless Gown with Organza Overlay and Flower

David’s Bridal Tea-Length Satin Gown with 3D Floral Details

Saks T-Bags, Salon Z Pleated Mini Dress

David’s Bridal Rhinestone Sequin Chiffon Dress

Destination

David’s Bridal Lace Over Charmeuse Gown with Soutache Detail David’s Bridal Soft Chiffon A-Line Gown with Ruffled Skirt


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General Guidelines for Plus Bridal 1. Shop for fabrics with structure or with a structured base with the lighter fabrics layered on top. 2. Avoid heavy pleating 3. Look outside the traditional wedding dress! Shop vintage, or maybe reconstruct and/or redesign your mom’s or grandmother’s dress. 4. Buy a dress from a vendor whose seamstresses you feel confident in. Alterations are the one key difference between a regular white dress and a wedding dress giving your figure the couture experience.

When Shopping your shape consider the following: Pear Shape You’ve got great assets, whether or not you want to work it on your wedding day, here’s our tips for your shape: 1. A classic a-line shape is universally flattering but ideal for you. 2. shop for a skirt that flares out, and skims the hips. 3. Along those lines it helps to choose more structured fabrics like duchess satin, eyelet, and taffeta 4. The skirt part of dress should start from the smallest point of your waist, to highlight it. 5. A low v-neck, spaghetti strap, or strapless dress shows off your upper body and décolletage. Busty You’ve got it going on up-top, and while you want it to be classy, but it doesn’t hurt to show off your natural gifts. 1. A curved neckline or sweetheart (specially for strapless gowns) is perfect.  2. Wedding dresses that have embellished or shiny fabric over the bust will highlight the area more. 3. For extra support it’s important to shop for gowns which allow you to wear a supportive bra and has straps or sleeves. 4. Remember that its important to maintain and be mindful of how much bust is showing, for the Grandmas and Grandpas. Apple Shape Your ample goods do not have to inhibit your search for the perfect dress, we know you have a lot to show off. 1. A dress that highlights the smallest point in your waistline is ideal. 2. More detail on top: think rouching, lace, rhinestones..etc will balance you out and draw attention to your top. 3. Consider a shorter dress, you have the perfect figure for it, and they often go overlooked. It can show off your legs as well. 4. Corset shape (this was Aimee’s style of dress)

Happy Feet Make sure to have a few pairs of shoes to switch in and out of throughout the day. You will be on your feel All Day, don’t ruin it by spending it in pain. Change It Up Buy two dresses if you can, or one that alters from ceremony to reception. You will want to really be able to dance and celebrate with your shiny new Husband, and all your friends and family. Get The Shot Be sure to give a list to your photographer/videographer of all the pictures you want from the night so that the expectations are clear and you can sort through the haze of the day afterwards with all the great memories captured on film. Stop And Enjoy Take some minutes throughout the night to watch your friends and family enjoy themselves, capture some moments of your own. Its over before you know it, and sometimes the memories become a blur. Enjoy The Meal Have a friend, family, or bridesmaid set aside some food for you to eat in after the ceremony and before the pictures/reception. You will be starving if you wait all through the day to eat at the reception, which is often pretty hectic. You are the belle of the ball, after all. Otherwise, before you know it the day will be gone and you will be starving.


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NIGHT LOOK Evening brides have the unique option of being a bit more sophisticated with their makeup. These ladies can still utilize spring trends by spotlighting the mouth in a gorgeous pimento color. Or using shades of shimmering orange or even rust on the eyes. Just remember sophisticated means keeping the rest of your makeup toned down in lovely neutrals.

DAY LOOK Taking inspiration from spring 2011 fashion week I have come up with a fresh new look for all the da ytime brides this year. Vibrant bursts of color were all over the runways this season and brides should not shy away from this optimistic approach to one of the most important days of their lives. The trick is to utilize color as an accent. Play up one feature, either eyes or lips with color. You are the bride so think about your comfort level when you decide on how vibrant or soft the color should be. Adapt the trend to suit your own taste. For instance, yellow and orange where used over and over again during the collections but those colors may not be your cup of tea. No worries, use eye shadows in soft lavender or sea foam green, as your accents of color. If your lips are your favorite feature, play them up with a bright matte pink or orange lip. If matte is too dramatic for you, then use a bight sheer gloss in orange, pink, or even purple for your accent of color. Although trends may come and go one thing will always be in fashion and that is gorgeous skin. Make sure yours stays healthy, hydrated, and naturally glowy. Perfect your skin first by using a great mask to unleash a natural glow. A great one to use is Dr. Brandt’s Detoxygen Experience. It will help you get the perfect wedding glow.

Beauty The brutal snow has all melted, and even the rain clouds are slowly clearing. It’s easier every day to imagine the day of your wedding, the season is upon us, and the clock is ticking down! Now that it’s all taken care of, all you have to do is show up and look gorgeous. We have a few tips for you in that department as well.

If gilded colors are your thing, choose pewter metallic for eyes and sheer lavender gloss for lips. Play around and find your comfort zone. Always remember to groom eyebrows and make sure you add lots and lots of lash. That could mean adding individual lashes to the outer corners of the eye or framing your eyes with a strip lash.


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Robin Rose Parke started Curvaceous Couture after she got engaged. She actually took a portion of her wedding budget and started the business while she was planning her wedding. She figured at that time, while a size 14, that if she was having such issues finding items what were others, at her size or larger, going to do? Her story is like so many others we have heard from:

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“I always dreamt of having a beautiful wedding gown. I had a nice budget. When I went to go look higher-end brands, I found out that most salons only carried their bridal gowns in a size 8 or 10. My sister ended up trying my wedding gowns on for me. It was very humiliating. [This was] something that me and my mother had looked forward to doing for years. It got to the point where I just didn’t want to go anymore; I kind of settled. I ended up with a gown that I was totally miserable with and until this day I hate looking at my wedding pictures. So many young ladies come in to Curvaceous Couture and they are just so happy that they can zip the dress up. Even if they are smaller and they have to pin the dress, they are in the dress. That’s what they appreciate. When they find that gown - just their excitement and the family’s excitement and the tears - it just gives me some piece, every day, of what I didn’t have.” - Robin Rose Parke, Curvaceous Couture Owner Be sure to visit Robin at Curvaceous Couture in Maryland or at curvaceouscouture.com. Curvaceous Couture is located at 9130-T Red Branch Road, Columbia, MD, 21045; 410-740-7052.

Inspiration: Wedding Blogs We Love brides.com/blogs/aisle-say blogs.davidsbridal.com greenweddingshoes.com joannagoddard.blogspot.com/search/label/weddings lelanewyork.blogspot.com 100layercake.com/blog offbeatbride.com oncewed.com thebridesguide.marthastewartweddings.com wedding.theknot.com/wedding-blog www.borrowedandbleu.com stylemepretty.com

Shopping: Brands We Love ASOS BHLDN Bloomingdales David’s Bridal House of Brides J Crew Igigi Kiyonna Macys Nordstrom Saks Shopbop

Model Images curtesy of Wilhelmenia Camilla Hansen, Photographer Krista Svalbonas Joanne Borgella, Photographer Ron Hiner Roniann Mears, Photographer Nathan Johnson

Special Thanks David’s Bridal Robin Rose Park Leona Palmer Nicole Randelman Wilhelmenia Wunderlich, Inc.

Additional Images BHLDN Bloomingdales Google House of Brides Igigi iStock Macys Nordstrom Saks stylemepretty.com weddingstylemagazine.com


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So there it is. We hope that you found what you were looking for, and were delighted by some things that your weren’t. Our goal was to take some anxiety out of this process and replace it with confidence, knowledge, and inspiration. We know that it can be frustrating to feel limited in your options of size and style, but we want you to feel excited about finding something you love and feel gorgeous in: the dress, the look, and ultimately the wedding of your dreams.


2011 Wedding Style Guide